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Indonesian in Indonesia


Eating Out

Most hotels will have a restaurant for their guests. Hotel restaurants will likely have a menu from which the customer chooses from among traditional Indonesian foods and perhaps some less-traditional foods such as bread and pastry items. Traditional restaurants can be found in clusters of restaurants on main roads and streets. Various restaurants in the cluster will have different specialities, but usually all have traditional Indonesian foods with many regional variations. Traditional restaurants have all their food laid out at a large common table. People sit around the common table and just reach for whatever they want to eat from the offerings. At the end of the meal the server asks what was consumed and the customer pays for whatever was eaten. It is important for Americans to note that these restaurants are not "buffets" where a single price covers the entire meal. Rather, the customer will be charged for each individual item consumed. Drinks will be brought by the server. Restaurants are open day and night up to eleven or twelve o'clock in the evening.

Street vendors offer many different types of foods, including desserts, chips, and rice packed in banana leaves with fish, meat, and/or vegetables on the side. Street food is often delicious, but visitors should probably not eat food from street vendors for at least a month or longer after arrival, because of not being used to local strains of bacteria. When choosing to eat street vendor food, choose well-cooked options.

Cafes have recently become popular places for young people to gather. They typically serve juice, softdrinks, and some food. Cafes often have karaoke and dancing.


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